How do you know what to attend? We want you to come into your UCWLC with a plan. You should look at the conference schedule for these icons and to determine which sessions will best meet your needs.
Sometimes, as individuals, we are so focused on getting things done, competing and not collaborating. We forget that it takes teamwork to make the dream work. These sessions are designed to enhance your ability to engage in genuine relationships, practice uplift, and allow you to work together to accomplish more. You will also recognize the importance of enjoying the experiences of those with whom you are working.
A core responsibility of womyn leaders is to effectively advocate for the wellbeing and best interests of the collective. Understanding what and how best to engage in efforts to achieve social justice and equity is incredible. Using our voice, and not shrinking in the wake of controversy or opposition is imperative to our ability to realize our full potential.
No one is perfect! As leaders, we all have areas in which we can improve. These sessions are specifically designed to focus on self-awareness, confronting the negative self-talk, and individual leadership development. If you are working to try to enhance your own skill set, be sure you attend one of the sessions with this icon.
Conflict and confrontation is an inevitable part of leadership. It is not a question of if you will experience conflict, rather it is how you will deal with it that is important. If your efforts get bogged down by the drama, or you feel you can improve in this area, be sure that you attend any of the sessions with this icon.
Do you feel like only a few people are engaged as agents of change? Sometimes we do not maximize our potential because we fail to spread the work around. We do not recognize those around us who could be our allies, and amplify our efforts. This can often lead to high rates of burnout and turnover within movements that we work towards creating.
The basic definition of feminism includes the advocacy of womyn’s rights on the basis of equality of the sexes. Being labeled feminist carries with it stereotypes, stigmas and so much more. There’s in-fighting among groups who self-identify as feminists from “lipstick” to radical, cultural to eco, there are all types of feminism. These sessions are designed to foster a greater understanding of what this concept means and how it functions in women’s leadership.
The term “herstory” means that we look at history with a lens focused on women’s roles, emphasizing their legacy and influence on cultural and societal events. Too often, history is shared without acknowledging the legacy of the womyn whose footsteps we now follow. The path makers and groundbreakers who helped overcome and achieve significant circumstances in the wake of resistance. These sessions provide a space to explore these instances as points of pride and inspiration.
A key component of effective leadership in social justice, is a continual development in cultural competence. We live in world that seems to emphasize the presence of difference, without always practicing inclusion. Understanding that the full potential of diversity is only realized when everyone at the table feels that their voice matters is essential. These sessions are designed to explore these concepts at varying levels of depth.